British Airways unveils new cabin interior for European flights

British Airways unveils new cabin interior for European flights

British Airways is updating its cabin interior on flights across Europe, unveiling new charcoal-grey leather seats.

Manufactured by B/E Aerospace, the slimline seats are being fitted to the airline’s Airbus A319, A320 and A321 fleet from this week, with upgrade works expected to take 12 months.

Complete with a four-way moveable headrest, the leather seats will appear in both Euro Traveller economy and Club Europe business class.

Much to the dismay of frequent travellers, BA isn’t dropping the never-used middle seat at the pointy end (below) – which ‘disappears’ when the armrests are moved closer together.

British Airways' current Club Europe seating

Instead, a new centre console is being fitted in Club Europe – perfect for nursing drinks and snacks – taking up the full width of the B and E seats.

With a moveable curtain, these seats can be converted to regular economy where passenger loads demand more space.

BYO inflight entertainment remains a necessity on BA’s shorter flights, so there’s also an eye-level tablet holder built into the seatback.

When complete, a total of 95 Airbus aircraft will feature the new British Airways European interior.

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  • Alvin Tse


    17 Jun, 2014 07:37 am

    The reason they can't move the armrests together is probably because of the adjustable headrests...

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  • Serg


    17 Jun, 2014 07:44 am

    Those “convertible” seats are real rubbish. Cannot get who buying EuroBiz just to fly in Europe (i.e. not like first/last leg for intercontinental flight). Thankfully distances (and flight times) in Europe is nothing comparing to Australia.

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  • KK


    17 Jun, 2014 09:26 am

    Once flew in AF's EuroBiz from Prague to Paris.

    The A321 is full in both business and economy classes. The price is quite reasonable when offering a descent meal for 2 hours flight.

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  • watson374


    17 Jun, 2014 12:05 pm

    Is it just me or will the new seats not even be "expandable" like the old CE seats, but will instead just have the detachable "workspace" and movable curtain?

    Oh, man.

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  • Hugo


    18 Jun, 2014 12:05 pm

    A descent meal? That's weird, they usually serve food during cruise.

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  • watson374


    18 Jun, 2014 03:32 pm

    Dare I suggest the catering is so poor it begins one's descent into madness.

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  • Serg


    18 Jun, 2014 03:37 pm

    Not only that - alcohol not on offer and if you like some, you have to specifically ask. It kinda embarrassing!

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  • watson374


    18 Jun, 2014 03:46 pm

    Even more embarrassing is when they don't stock that drink anymore, e.g. campari.

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  • moa999


    17 Jun, 2014 03:42 pm

    They may be rubbish compared to what we get in Australia...

    But they are better than this new design (or what say Iberia has) where the arm rests don't move at all. All you get is a Y seat, with an empty seat next to you and slightly better food.

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  • LR


    17 Jun, 2014 09:55 am

    im not a big fan of paying a high Business class fare for an economy seat, with lounge access and an inflight meal. Further the seat pitch is only 31-34 inches, the same as TG/MH/SQ economy. These new business class seats would look very stylish and confortable in a 2-2 layout with over 38in seat pitch.

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  • TheRealBabushka


    17 Jun, 2014 10:14 am

    I rather like those seats.

    Has anyone seen that BBC docu on BA? It was aired recently in the UK.

    It really gave me an interesting insight into BA and particularly its cabin crew. It appears to be quite a strict regime. I wonder if Qantas can get away with some of the things they do.

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  • tjworsley


    17 Jun, 2014 10:17 am

    ATTN: Virgin Australia

    Take note of the tablet holder in the seat! Great idea for flights where BYO entertainment is the only option.... ie pretty much all Virgin flights. 

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  • Kogglogs


    17 Jun, 2014 12:07 pm

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  • P.B.


    17 Jun, 2014 01:49 pm

    It may be still a very crappy Eurobusiness product, but wowzers, look at that quality stitching and lumbar support of the leather seats... QF & VA, take note - BA knows how to do leather seating!

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  • paa


    17 Jun, 2014 02:56 pm

    Chris, I read elsewhere claims of a 30 inch seat pitch for both cabins. If true, I would give Club Europe a pretty short life expectency, and significantly damage the connecting loads for long haul Club.

    To me this is another example of how legacy carriers like BA and QF seem amazingly detached from their wants and needs of their customers, and unable to develop a strategy to compete against the competitors like Emirates.

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  • watson374


    17 Jun, 2014 11:59 pm

    Don't worry, just watch the FT/BAEC board go bananas over it. They'll have a thread dedicated to watching which aircraft have the old 34" seats and the aircraft with the new (alleged) 30" seats. Just watch the wiki grow with more G-**** regos...

    ...after all, they managed to have a thread lamenting the loss of Campari from Club World.

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  • Travelator


    17 Jun, 2014 11:35 pm

    95 planes in 12 months sounds impressive

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  • WilliamSudarpo


    15 Jul, 2016 05:19 pm

    These seats is only a joke, flew today from LHR-CDG and this is satisfactory enough but the legroom was 0 and my Business worker were also stuck in another seats, I flew with other Euro airlines and have extra legroom with BA didn't offer that and worst than Norwegian. The food was poor and the seats was messy even. My advise - don't fly BA if you have any other choice (including great budget companies) as well !

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